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BY JOSH PRESLEY
Golden Triangle Horse Rescue (GTHR) will host a day of horse education from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Ranch on TVA Road in West Point.
Admission for the Everything Equine event is free, and there will be educational presentations, booths and silent auctions, along with pony rides and food from CJâ€™s Pizza.
GTHR Treasurer Teresa Scott said this is the first event the organization has hosted for the community. GTHR has received many requests for different horse-related classes and decided to make a day of it, according to Scott.
â€śWe encourage horse owners at every stage to come,â€ť Scott said. â€śThe event will have something for people who are thinking about buying a horse to people that have owned horses their entire lives.â€ť
The event will have classes in basic hoof care, first aid, vaccination, mare and foal nutrition, grooming and trailering, dentistry and basic handling and training techniques.
â€śPeople donâ€™t have to come and spend the whole day,â€ť Scott said. â€śIf thereâ€™s something on the itinerary that interests someone, they can come for just that event.â€ť
She said kids from the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus will host a pony ride and take donations to raise money for the homeâ€™s therapeutic horse riding program.
Organizations such as Nutrena Animal Feeds, Purena Mills, Probuilt LLC and the Mississippi State University Extension Service will have educational booths at the event, according to Scott.
Clay County Mississippi Extension Service Director B.J. McClenton said he will offer information about the economics of owning a horse to attendees.
â€śI donâ€™t think people know everything theyâ€™re getting into when they think of owning a horse,â€ť McClenton said. â€śThey donâ€™t know about basic maintenance costs, pasture and grass needs, necessary acreage and transportation necessisities.â€ť
McClenton said to keep a horse in basic good condition, an owner is looking at spending about $2,500 every year, even if they do the bare minimum.
Scott said GTHR is setting up a flea market-type space for vendors. Any business pertaining to the horse industry, or anyone with items such as used tack they wish to sell, is welcome to set up at Everything Equine, according to Scott.
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